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Growing Up Pedro: How the Martínez Brothers Made It from the Dominican Republic All the Way to the Major Leagues

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The love between brothers is key to Matt Tavares’s tale of Dominican pitcher Pedro Martinez, from his days of throwing rocks at mangoes to his years as a major-league star.

Before Pedro Martinez pitched the Red Sox to a World Series championship, before he was named to the All-Star team eight times, before he won the Cy Young three times, he was a kid from a place called M
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Hardcover, 40 pages
Published February 10th 2015 by Candlewick Press
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Josiah
Oct 22, 2019 rated it liked it
A confession: Pedro Martínez was not a favorite of mine during his playing days. Derek Jeter's New York Yankees were my team, a group led by some of the most clutch performers in baseball history. Their position players in the late 1990s and early 2000s included Bernie Williams, Wade Boggs, Jorge Posada, Luis Sojo, Chuck Knoblauch, and Paul O'Neill; their pitchers included Dwight Gooden, David Cone, David Wells, Orlando Hernández, Mike Mussina, and Mariano Rivera. Year after year the Yankees wer ...more
Kellee Moye
Full review at: http://www.unleashingreaders.com/?p=5953

My Review: Matt Tavares's four superbly crafted biographies take a look at the life of each man, but as more than a baseball player. We learn about their childhoods, where they came from, and their dreams and hopes. Each book includes aspects of the history surrounding them including the Depression, wars, and racism. Additionally, these books are crafted beautiful with lyrically written prose. These books are must reads for lovers of baseb
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Katherine Austin
Oct 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reading-4050
1) Book summary, in your own words (3 pts)
-This book is about one of the all-time great baseball players, Pedro Martinez. The book begins by talking about Pedro's early life in the Dominican Republic where he grew up with his brother, Ramon. It was his greatest dream for him and his brother to move to the United States and play in the MLB. Not only did he do that, he also made it to the All-Stars 8 times, won a World Series with the Red Sox, and was elected to the baseball hall of fame.
2) Grade
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paula
Wow. Man, I read this in Spanish, and that's not easy for me, but I'm so glad I did. It made feel like I'd really worked for the emotional moments, the humor, and the triumphs, which is what Pedro y Ramon - and Matt, who wrote and illustrated this terrific book - deserve.
Megan
Jan 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
My 8-year old and I reserved all of the Caldecott contenders from the library so that we can run them through our own family jury before the winners were officially announced.
There was so much to like about Growing Up Pedro--In the story: We love the fact that Pedro feels like one of our own--because he was a Red Sox pitcher. He was with the Red Sox in a very significant year--2004, the first time in 86 years that the Red Sox finally won the World Series. The story of Pedro is about overcoming s
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Rick O'Connor
Jun 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: info-bios
Full disclosure: I am a huge Red Sox fan, and in particular, a Pedro Martinez fan. I flew out to Boston last August to take my son to his number retirement ceremony. 11th row behind home plate...

Having said that, I thought this was a good book. I ordered it via Amazon Prime, because I figured my son would love it because...well, it's Pedro! It tells the story of Red Sox legend Pedro Martinez and his brother Ramon and the life they had in the Dominican Republic. It goes into how Pedro dreams of s
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Anna Smith

Pedro Martinez is a young boy in the Dominican Republic and has a brother named Ramon who is very good at baseball. Pedro wants to play baseball just like his brother! His brother is so good that he gets to play for the Dodgers! Pedro follows Ramon around the field and learns how to pitch and get better. The Dodgers coach tells Pedro that one day maybe he could play for them too. Pedro gets signed to their smaller team in Great Falls, Montana. Soon after Pedro is traded to the Montreal Expos he
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Mary Ann
Matt Tavares brings his passion for baseball and admiration for the Martínez brothers together in this radiant book. As a young boy in the Dominican Republic, Pedro dreamed of playing pro baseball, and admired everything about how his older brother Ramón played. Readers will be inspired by how that dream came true, and the power that comes from the deep bond between brothers.
Gary Anderson
Mar 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Matt Tavares baseball books are always excellent, but to me Pedro Martinez will always be the guy who humiliated 72-year old Don Zimmer by flinging him to the ground. I'm sure Martinez has done a lot of good things in his life, but this Zimmer fan has a hard time getting past that ugly episode which goes unmentioned in this otherwise fine book.
Lesley Burnap
Mar 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Perfect to kick off opening day for the Boston Red Sox! Love that this book focuses on the relationship between the brothers and the effort necessary to become a world class pitcher! Paired this with Douglas Florian's Poem Run and knocked it outta the pahk! (Ovah the Green Monstah!)
Aliza Werner
Incredible biography of Red Sox pitching great Pedro Martinez. Large sized book accommodate larger than life realistic illustrations. Baseball and underdog fans alike will love this book.
Rachel Placchetti
Nov 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
K-2nd grade

Brothers, baseball, size doesn't matter
Alisha
Dec 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Picture book biography about the pitcher, Pedro Martinez. Just gives a short overview of Pedro's early pitching career. Good as a baseball read-aloud for 1st-2nd graders or a supplement to a biography report for older children.
J Layne
Feb 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed the beautiful way this book is presented.
Sarah Gross

Title: Growing up Pedro: How the Martinez Brothers Made it from the Dominican Republic All the Way to the Major Leagues
Author: Matt Tavares
Illustrator (if separate from author):
Genre: Orbis Pictus Honor Book
Theme(s): biography, working hard
Opening line/sentence: “One sunny day in the village of Manoguayabo,…”
Brief Book Summary: This book tells the story of Pedro and Ramon Martinez, two boys from the Dominican Republic. They come from a very poor family, but they love baseball and work very
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Paiton Larson
Oct 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a story about a young boy named Pedro Martinez. Pedro has a huge passion for baseball, which started from watching his brother play. Pedro’s older brother Ramon gets drafted to a professional baseball team. Pedro looks up to his older brother and misses him very much when he moves away, so he decides to train hard to try to make it big like his brother. Pedro’s hard work pays off and he gets drafted to a professional baseball team. The boys get to be on a team together for a while, but e ...more
Lizzy Herda
Apr 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Pedro Martinez is a young boy with big dreams. Having a passionate love for baseball he is inspired by his older brother who has been drafted to a professional baseball team. Always looking up to his older brother, he has his brother train him to become an even better baseball player. Pedro’s hard work pays off and eventually gets drafted to a professional team. The narration in this book was spot on. It was not too mature or immature in the sense that the plot carried along a theme and still ha ...more
Barbara
Stunning watercolor, gouache, and pencil illustrations complement an inspiring story of determination and brotherly love. Growing up poor in the Dominican Republic, Pedro Martinez idolized his older brother Ramon and followed in his footsteps in many different ways. Because Ramon played baseball, Pedro played baseball too, and against all odds, Ramon lands a contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He buys a baseball glove for his younger brother, and after he moves to the United States, he is car ...more
Jennifer Walizer
Dec 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: biography, sports, family
Summary:
Growing Up Pedro is a biography about Pedro Martinez. The beginning of this biography talks about Pedro’s brother Ramon career in baseball. It is his brother’s career that helps him push forward in becoming a better baseball player. Pedro then too signs for the Los Angeles Dodgers like his brother and ends up traveling to America. Being on the same team, he kind of just falls into his brother’s shadow and is not looked at as being talented. Pedro then is traded to Montreal Expos. By 1997
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Emily Sands
Apr 27, 2016 rated it liked it
Growing Up Pedro is a very inspiring true story based upon brotherhood and baseball captured together in this trying tale. Pedro had dreamed of the day he and his brother, Ramon, could play together in the major leagues. Matt Tabares tells the story of how that dream eventually came true for the brothers. The author-illustrator shows the power of a brotherly bond and hard determination can help rise you to the top. The love between the brothers is key to the tale told within the picture book, th ...more
Elizabeth
Sep 05, 2015 rated it liked it
Growing up Pedro is a well written, beautifully illustrated children's biography. I enjoyed that the book started and ended in the same location- even ends with a repeat of a sentence at the beginning of the book. That gave the book a nice feeling that showed how much Pedro admired and cared for his brother. The illustrations, as usual, did a beautiful job capturing the emotions and action of the story. I particularly liked the use of the smaller illustrations for smaller aspects of the story- l ...more
Charlene Doland
Jan 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
For young baseball fans. I especially like how Tavares portrays the enduring friendship between Pedro and his older brother Ramon.
Margie
Mar 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing

In this case we have life, to a degree, imitating art; art created to inspire and demonstrate acts of patience, practice, perseverance and paying it forward. Growing Up Pedro: How The Martinez Brothers Made It from the Dominican Republic All the Way to the Major Leagues (Candlewick Press, February 10, 2015) written and illustrated by Matt Tavares, highly respected author/illustrator of baseball biographies and fictional picture book stories about baseball, paints us a vivid portrait with his wor
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Alison Smolinski
Oct 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
I’m a huge sports fan and absolutely love reading about the journeys of how professional athletes got to where they are today. This book is a wonderful picture book biography of the baseball player Pedro Martinez. The book starts by showing Pedro growing up and looking up to his older brother, Ramon in poverty in the Dominican Republic. Many details about his baseball career are included, but what really makes this book stand out to me is the importance of family and the close relationship he sh ...more
Jana
This is a beautifully illustrated nonfiction book that tells the story of a famous pitcher from the Dominican Republic. Sports fans will definitely appreciate the story of how a youngster worked hard to become one of the best pitchers ever. But everyone can appreciate the story of how close Pedro was to his brother, Ramon. The story also highlights the way the Martinez brothers used their fame and fortune to make life better for their friends and family back in the Dominican Republic. I'm excite ...more
Kelsey
May 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Age: K-2nd
Family: Brothers
Nonfiction: Biography
Sport: Baseball

Ramon and Pedro Martinez both grow up with a passion for playing baseball in the village of Manoguayabo, Dominican Republic. Eventually their perseverance leads them to two successful careers in the U.S.

This bio stands out for its emphasis on brotherly love and support that launches Pedro to be the best in Major League Baseball. The text was interesting without feeling too decorative and the supplemental material, including a graph o
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Vernon Area Public Library KIDS
May 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: K-2nd grade
Ramon and Pedro Martinez both grow up with a passion for playing baseball in the village of Manoguayabo, Dominican Republic. Eventually their perseverance leads them to two successful careers in the U.S.

This bio stands out for its emphasis on brotherly love and support that launches Pedro to be the best pitcher in Major League Baseball. The text was interesting without feeling too decorative and the supplemental material, including a graph of Pedro's stats, was the perfect touch for kids that wa
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Stephanie Croaning
Dec 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction, 2015
This is a wonderful picture book biography of Pedro Martinez. The book starts by showing Pedro growing up in the shadow of his older brother, Ramon, in poverty in the Dominican Republic. Many details about his stellar baseball career are included, but what makes this book stand out is the importance of family and the close relationship he shares with Ramon.

Fans of baseball, who want a shorter biography, will really enjoy Growing Up Pedro. There is an author's note and bibliography in the back.
Samantha
A picture book bio about Pedro Martinez that does a great job of highlighting his incredible career, but equally balances it with his admiration for his older brother and his love for his home, the Dominican Republic.

Watercolor, gouache, and pencil illustrations. Back matter includes an author's note, stats, and a bibliography.

This is a great read, even for fans who don't regularly watch/play baseball or follow sports because it is born from something most readers can relate to: a deep love of
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Pam  Page
Feb 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A great story about Ramon and Pedro Martinez and their success in the Major Leagues of baseball. The story is about so much more than their success as athletes but their close relationship as brothers who encouraged and motivated each other. I especially kept thinking about the model athletes they are for children! Matt Tavares has written and illustrated a beautiful book that children will enjoy as well as adults! Be sure to read the author's note at the end.
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Matt Tavares was born in Boston, and grew up surrounded by books and reading. From the time he was very young, his mother read to him every night, and his family made countless trips to the public library. Years later, as a studio art major at Bates College, he rediscovered his love for picture books, and decided to try to make his own.

For his senior thesis project, Matt wrote and illustrated a st
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